BY BARNABAS MANEBONA
ALMOST half of Solomon Islands government sponsored students in the Philippines are still waiting for allowances this week, as some have already received theirs last week, it is reported.
More than 300 Solomon Islands students are studying in institutions in the Philippines, and according to an email exchange to Island Sun last week, the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) Permanent Secretary (PS) confirmed that a little more than 95 percent of the payments have now been processed.
The same goes for final batch of payments.
“As of today, (Tuesday 27 August) a little more than 95% of the payments have now been processed by Treasury and the Philippines base students affected should receive their allowances once the funds are transferred into their bank accounts as of tomorrow (Wednesday 28 August). The final batch of payment is being processed,” said MEHRD’s PS.
SISAP students recently raised concern as to why there was very much delay in second Semester allowances, and on Wednesday last week when the NTU Director and team were said to hold a meeting with SISAP students at AMA Quezon to address students welfare and other school areas of concern, they were reported questioned much by students over this issue.
“This goes for reinstate allowances. And the NTU Director responded by saying that they will be discussing our discussions when returning to administration,” said SISAP students.
Members of SISAP students finally relieved for receiving second Semester allowances said to this paper that they will now be able to pay debts, bills, rentals and visas too.